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Bears say Matt Forte is making progress

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For the second time this week, Bears coach Lovie Smith has sounded an optimistic note when discussing Matt Forte’s ankle injury.

Although Forte was sidelined at practice today, Smith said Forte is “making progress.” Earlier in the week, Smith said reports that Forte’s injury was a high ankle sprain were incorrect, although he didn’t offer any more detail about Forte’s status than that.

Michael Bush is expected to start on Sunday against the Rams, while Forte sits out. Smith said the Bears are confident that they won’t miss much offensively with Bush in the lineup in place of Forte.

“Mike’s a good player,” Smith said. “We said when we brought him in we were bringing in a starting tailback that we added to the mix. For us, it’s the next guy up. Hopefully Matt won’t be out long, but we feel comfortable with Mike while he’s gone.”

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers joined Forte in sitting out Wednesday’s practice, but Peppers’ foot injury is nothing serious, and he’s expected to practice on Thursday.

The Bears’ opponents on Sunday had seven players sit out practice today, most notably starting left tackle Rodger Saffold, who’s dealing with a knee injury, and the man who replaced Saffold at left tackle on Sunday, Wayne Hunter, who hurt his ankle. Rams running back Steven Jackson also sat out with the groin injury that caused him to leave Sunday’s game against the Redskins early.

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9 Responses to “Bears say Matt Forte is making progress”
  1. larryboodry says: Sep 19, 2012 10:07 PM

    Lovie-speak…The art of using lots of words when in fact you are saying very little.

  2. Bearfan54 says: Sep 19, 2012 10:22 PM

    Dammit! I am hoping the Bears win this one but St Louis looked decent last week. Time to start drinking again!

  3. rangers84 says: Sep 19, 2012 10:52 PM

    Not to fussed about losing Jackson tbh, at least no where near to the levels that i used to be.

    Richardson has looked quality throughout pre-season and the first 2 weeks of the season. Obviously the Bears have a great defense, but maybe with Jackson being doubtful they’ll focus more on Bradford.

    Should be a good, physical game

  4. skyslimit87 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:23 AM

    Kinda pumped to see Bush start..we need Forte healthy for the season

  5. mecos47 says: Sep 20, 2012 2:00 AM

    Jay Cutler just got sacked!

  6. sj39 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    Bradford against the Bears defense or Cuttler against the Rams defense I’m going with Bradford 100% of the time. Cuttler is liable to turn the ball over as many as six times on Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Bears but they will go nowhere with Cuttler at QB.

  7. schmitty2 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:06 AM

    sj39 says:Sep 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    Bradford against the Bears defense or Cuttler against the Rams defense I’m going with Bradford 100% of the time. Cuttler is liable to turn the ball over as many as six times on Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Bears but they will go nowhere with Cuttler at QB.

    I’m a Ram’s homer just like you but let’s tone it down a tad. Bradford had a good game last week but the Bears are one of the best D’s in the league. I think it will be a great match-up and think the Rams will play better than people think

  8. LilTmac2003 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:15 AM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    Bradford against the Bears defense or Cuttler against the Rams defense I’m going with Bradford 100% of the time. Cuttler is liable to turn the ball over as many as six times on Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Bears but they will go nowhere with Cuttler at QB.
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    He’s absolutely right! It’s a good thing though that Bears don’t have Cuttler as their QB. They have his cousin, Jay Cutler.

    Real talk though, I think the Bears will be good to go. Hopefully of course. Keeping Forte out is fine. They kept Peppers out as a cautionary. Urlacher practiced w/ pads the entire practice. So it seems like they know what they’re doing. Hopefully we can get the W.

  9. chitownborn5434 says: Sep 20, 2012 3:02 PM

    Give him another week off, make sure he is 100 percent for Dallas next monday night. He will have a total of 18 days to recover before Dallas and I think that should be plenty of time to get healthy. We got Bush for a reason, he can carry the load when Forte can’t. Get the power running game going, keep the ball out of Cutler’s hands when possible and play great defense. The Rams already have confidence (should have beat the lions and did beat the RG3skins), don’t let Jay give them anymore by turning the ball over.

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